For checkinstall, you probably want to do something like this.
Code:
sudo checkinstall -D --fstrans=yes \
--pkgname=transmission --backup=no --deldoc=yes --deldesc=yes --delspec=yes  --default \
--provides=transmission-cli,transmission-daemon,transmission-common,transmission-gtk \
--pkgversion='`grep "LONG_VERSION_STRING" libtransmission/version.h | cut -d"\"" -f2 | cut -d" " -f1`'